Top 10 Catalan Football Players

Some are young and playing some have became legends, but they are the top 10 Catalan football players

Cataluña and Barcelona in particular have always been a breeding ground for many famous footballers in the world. In harmony with the Fifa World Cup 2014, which is getting hotter and rougher, SuiteLife has picked the 10 most famous Catalan football players of all time. You’ve probably known about the trending names like Xavi Hernández, Carles Puyol, Sergio Busquets, Victor Valdes etc. but how about the legends from the early-middle of twentieth century?

1. Ricardo Zamora (1901 – 1978)

The legendary Goalkeeper was born in 1901 in Barcelona. He is probably the only player who played for both FC Barcelona, Real Madrid C.F., Spanish football team and Catalonia national football team. During his career as player he has won 3 Copas del Rey, 5 Catalan football championships, 2 La Liga. As football manager, he helped Atlético Aviación (former of Atlético Madrid) win 2 La Liga championships. For individual titles, he was awarded the best Goalkeeper of the 1934 FIFA World Cup and the honour of best Goalkeeper in La Liga, the Ricardo Zamora Trophy was named after him.

Catalan football player ricardo zamora


Trophies as player:

  • 1 Copa del Rey with Espanyol, 2 with Barcelona
  • 2 Catalan Champions with Espanyol, 3 with Barcelona
  • 2 La Liga with Real Madrid
  • 2 Copa de España with Real Madrid
  • 3 Copa Princep de Asturies with Catalan XI


Trophies as manager:

  • 2 La Liga with Atlético Aviación


Individual honours:

  • Fifth in World – Goalkeeper of the century
  • Best Goalkeeper of the 1934 FIFA World Cup




2. Antoni Ramallets (1924 – 2013)

Antoni Ramallets Simón was born in Barcelona. He is honoured by FC Barcelona as one of the best goalkeepers in the history of Barça and the whole of Spanish football signed up from Europa. During the era of maximum glory for the team, later called as “Cinco Copas”(Five Cups) era, he has achieved many awards with the team. Antoni Ramallets, together with another Barca goal keeper Victor Valdes are currently the two goalkeepers that have obtain the most Zamora trophies (5 each)

Catalan football player Antoni Ramallets



Trophies as player with Barcelona:

  • 6 La Liga
  • 5 Copa del Rey
  • 3 Copa Eva Duarte
  • 2 Inter-Cities Fairs Cups
  • Latin Cup


  • 5 Zamora Trophies

Manager for Zaragoza

  • Copa del Rey
  • Inter-Cities Fairs Cup





3. Estanislau Basora (1926-2012)

Catalan football player Estanislau Basora


Born in Colonia Valls, Barcelona, the Catalan winger/striker joined FC Barcelona when he was 20 and spent most of his football career with the club. With great technical abilities, great pace and ability to lose his marker he became a member of Barcelona’s famous forward line at that time (Basora, Kubala, César, Moreno and Manchón).


  • 4 La Liga Championships:
  • 2 Latin Cups
  • 4 Copa del Rey
  • 3 Eva Duarte Cups
  • 1 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup







4. Carles Rexach (1947)

Born in Barcelona in 1947, Carles Rexach joined Barcelona junior team when he was 12 and also spent his whole career in FC Barcelona. Although Rexach was a great midfielder with one Pichichi Trophy (awarded to top goalscorer in each La Liga season) in 1970–71, the once popular Catalan football player had his best years on the Barcelona bench as assistant coach to Luis Aragonés and Johan Cruyff before he was appointed manager in 2001. After his playing career, he worked for the team as a scout; Carles is the one who discovered and brought one of the greatest footballers in the world – Lionel Messi- to the club.

Catalan football player Carles Rexach

Trophies as player:

  • 1 UEFA Cup
  • 2 Inter-Cities Fairs Cups
  • 1 La Liga Championships
  • 4 Copa del Rey
  • 1 Pichichi Trophy

5. Roberto Martínez (1973)

Roberto Martínez Montoliú was born in the town of Balaguer, Lleida, Catalonia. The defensive midfielder started his football career at Real Zaragoza and shortly changed his career path to England. Here he’s archieved many titles with Wigan Athletic and Swansea City, both as player and on the coaching bench.

Catalan football player Roberto Martinez


Trophies as player:

  • Copa del Rey: 1993–94 with Real Zaragoza
  • Football League 3rd Division with Wigan Athletic
  • Football League: with Wigan Athletic
  • Football League: 2005–06 with Swansea City

Trophies as a manager:

Swansea City

  • Football League One: 2007–08
  • 3 League One Manager of the Month
  • League One Manager of the Year: 2007–08

Wigan Athletic

  • FA Cup: 2012–13
  • Premier League Manager of the Month: April 2012





6. Josep Guardiola (1971)

The incumbent manager of Bayern Munich is inarguably one of the most successful Catalan footballers, in both his playing and managing career. He was born in Santpedor, Barcelona and joined La Masia (youth academy of Barcelona) at age of 13. He is the player with most titles won as player and manager: 16 as a player and 14 as a manager. He is also the manager with best percentage of titles: 14 titles from the 19 possible between 2008 – 2012. As FC Barcelona manager, he’s brought the Tiki-taka style to its greatest success, allowed the club to win 2008–09 and 2010–11 UEFA Champions League.

Catalan football player Pep Guardiola

Trophies with Fc Barcelona:

  • 9 La Liga with FC Barcelona (6 as player and 3 as manager)
  • 4 Copa del Rey (2 as player, 2 as manager)
  • 7 Supercopa de España (4 as player, 3 as manager)
  • 3 UEFA Champions League cup (1 as player, 2 as manager)
  • 1 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup as player
  • 4 UEFA Super Cup (2 as player, 2 as manager)
  • 2 FIFA Club World Cup as manager
  • 1 Olympic Gold Medal with Spain national team


Trophies with Fc Bayern Munich:

  • Bundesliga: 2013–14
  • DFB-Pokal: 2013–14
  • UEFA Super Cup: 2013
  • FIFA Club World Cup: 2013


Individual title:

  • Catalan of the Year Award: 2009
  • La Liga Coach of the Year: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • World Soccer Magazine World Manager of the Year: 2009, 2011
  • FIFA World Coach of the Year: 2011

7. Xavi Hernández (1980)

Born in Terrassa, Barcelona and join La Masia since the age of 11, Xavi has spent all his football life at FC Barcelona. The current number 6 together with Iniesta, they have made a fantastic duo in the centre. Xavi stands out for his tactical vision, ability to win the ball back and control the game pace. That explains why Xavi is irreplaceable during the club’s successful seasons. Proved via numbers, he holds the records for players with most appearances (822 games)/ most appearances in Liga (474 games)/ most appearances in international competitions (168 games). He is also the player with most titles in Barcelona (22 title, only one less than the national record of Real Madrid’s Paco Gento).

Catalan football player Xavi HernandezTrophies with Barcelona & Spain national team:

  • 2 Clubs World Cup
  • 3 UEFA Champions League Cups
  • 2 European Super Cups
  • 7 La Liga cups
  • 2 Copas del Rey
  • 6 Spanish Super Cups
  • FIFA World Cup
  • 2 UEFA European Football Championship
  • Summer Olympics Silver Medal
  • FIFA World Youth Championship


Individual trophies:

  • World Soccer Player of the Year: 2010
  • FIFA Ballon d’Or 3rd place: 2010, 2011
  • Ballon d’Or Bronze Award: 2009
  • FIFA World Player of the Year 3rd place: 2009
  • 4 times IFFHS World’s Best Playmaker
  • FIFA Club World Cup Silver Ball: 2011
  • FIFA Club World Cup Bronze Ball: 2009
  • And many others


8. Víctor Valdés (1982)

Víctor Valdés i Arribas was born in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona. The current number 1 Goalkeeper of Barcelona joined the team in 1992 and has been one of the best goalkeepers in Barcelona’s history. The second goalkeeper in this Catalan football players list currently holds the title of unbeaten for the most consecutive minutes in official competitions: (896 minutes in season 10/11)

Catalan football player Victor ValdesTrophies with Barcelona and Spain national team:

  • 6 La Liga
  • 2 Copa del Rey
  • 6 Supercopa de España
  • 3 UEFA Champions League
  • 2 UEFA Super Cups
  • 2 FIFA Club World Cups
  • FIFA World Cup 2010
  • UEFA European Football Championship 2012


Individual trophies:

  • 5 Zamora Trophies
  • La Liga Goalkeeper of the Year: 2010–11
  • Prince of Asturias Awards: 2010
  • Gold Medal of the Royal Order of Sporting Merit: 2011




9. Carles Puyol (1978)

Carles Puyol i Saforcada was born in Lleida, Catalonia. He has served FC Barcelona since 1995 and that is his only football club till he retired in 2014. Interestingly, Puyol started his career as goalkeeper, then striker which explains his ability to score goal in Fc Barcelona. Only when he joined Barcelona his position changed again to defender. Although Puyol is not very tall (178 cm), his physical strength makes him very strong in the air and he is capable of man-marking opposing forwards who are taller than him. Puyol is a great leader and model for the rest of the squad due to his discipline, pride and total identification to the Club.

Catalan football player Carles Puyol

Trophies with FC Barcelona and Spain national team:

  • 6 La Liga
  • 2 Copa del Rey
  • 6 Supercopa de España
  • 3 UEFA Champions League
  • 2 UEFA Super Cups
  • 2 FIFA Club World Cups
  • FIFA World Cup: 2010
  • UEFA European Championship: 2008


Individual trophies:

  • UEFA Club Best Defender: 2006
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 2010
  • BBVA Fair Play award: 2011–12
  • Prince of Asturias Awards: 2010
  • Gold Medal of the Royal Order of Sporting Merit: 2011



10. Sergio Busquets (1988)

Sergio Busquets Burgos was born in Sabadell, Barcelona. He joined Barça youth system in 2005, then he was promoted to play in the first team. Sergio is a complete midfielder with field intelligence and well positioning. He creates a solid shield in front of Barca’s defense line and brings stability to the team, thus helping Barcelona achieving many successes.  His father Carles Busquets also played (as Goal keeper) for Barcelona and they became the third father-and-son combo that have won Europe’s top club competition playing for the same team.

Catalan football player Sergio Busquets


Trophies with Barcelona:

  • 4 La Liga
  • 2 Copa del Rey
  • 4 Supercopa de España
  • 2 UEFA Champions League
  • 2 UEFA Super Cup:
  • 2 FIFA Club World Cup

With National team:

  • FIFA World Cup: 2010
  • UEFA European Championship: 2012


  • La Liga’s Breakthrough Player: 2009
  • Bravo Award: 2009
  • Prince of Asturias Awards: 2010
  • Gold Medal of the Royal Order of Sporting Merit: 2011





That’s our top 10 Catalan football players list. Do you have any other favorite ones? Feel free to share in the comment section below. I would like to hear it! And hey if you still looking for sport bars in Barcelona, check out our list!

Enjoy the 2014 World Cup!


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Fifa World Cup 2014

Finally! After four long years of waiting, world’s biggest sports event is back on June 12th with an opening game between hosting nation Brazil and Croatia in Sao Paulo. The FIFA World Cup will be followed by millions of people dying to see the best teams fighting for the most prestigious title in Football. As Spain is the defending champion, it will be very interesting to see how far “La Roja” can go this time especially given that Brazil, which is one of the best teams in the world, has a competitive advantage with the hosting of the tournament and the huge unconditional support from the fans.

If you are in Barcelona during the World Cup, which is between the 12th of June and the 13th of July 2014, you will have the opportunity to watch the games in a lot of different bars. To help you in your pub research, we have selected for you the top bars where you can watch the World Cup in Barcelona!


1. Sports Bar Rambles

Barcelona Sports Bar World Cup

Known as the biggest sports bar in Barcelona, this huge venue is located on Las Ramblas and is perfect for watching football! Indeed, it has a giant HD screen of 8m and 19 High Definition TVs! With that you should not have any problem catching all the action! On top of that, if you’re bored during half time or before the game, you can play pool, darts or fussball with your mates! And if you want to re-live the game or simply show off your outstanding FIFA abilities, you can even play video games in an Xbox dedicated room! What else can we ask for?

Address: Las Ramblas 31

Metro: L3 Drassanes or L3 Liceu

Phone: (+34) 933 017 507



2. The George Payne

George Payne Irish Bar World Cup Barcelona

Located in Plaza Urquinaona, this bar is the biggest Irish pub in Barcelona and is a very decent place to watch a football game. It has plenty of screens that will allow you to view the games with no difficulty.  As an Irish pub, it offers a wide variety of drinks and snacks, including beers, whiskies etc…

I went there a few times to watch the Champions League and it gets really crowded at times, which is why I highly recommend you to book a table before hand. You can book a table on their website by filling this booking form . Remember to book at least 24 Hours before the game to be sure to have a table booked!

Address: Plaza Urquinaona 5

Metro: L1 & L4 Urquinaona

Phone: (+34) 93 481 52 94



3. Sonora Sports Tavern

Sonora Tavern Barcelona World Cup

Located just a few blocks away from Sala Razzmatazz and BeGood in Poble Nou, this bar is an American sports bar offering more than 40 types of beers imported directly from the United States at a very good price. It also has a good selection of homemade food and tapas if you fancy a snack. Their specialty is the giant Hamburger (180g).

In terms of sports, they have two giant screens for showing the games. If you want to enjoy the World Cup in a typical American atmosphere, this is the place to be!

Address: Carrer Pamplona 96

Metro: L1 Marina & L4 Bogatell

Phone: (+34) 93 300 33 69



4. Belushi’s Bar

Belushi Bar Barcelona World Cup


Belushi is an English franchise present throughout Europe and is also here in Barcelona! Just a few meters away from Plaza Catalunya. Belushi is a modern London-style bar that is very different from the traditional Catalan bars Barcelona has to offer. Thanks to its six HD plasma TV’s, you will be able to follow the World Cup in a very cosy atmosphere while enjoying one of their handmade burgers which are absolutely delicious!


Belushi Bar Barcelona World Cup


Address: Carrer de Bergara 3

Metro: L1/L2 Universitat & L1 Catalunya

Phone: (+34) 931 751 401



5. P.Flaherty’s Irish Bar

Flaherty Barcelona World Cup

Like Belushi, P.Flaherty’s is a chain of Irish pubs across Spain and Barcelona’s one is one of the best among many. Located on Las Ramblas just 10 minutes walking from the sea, this great traditional Irish pub offers a wide selection of drinks. If you’re hungry you can try their great British food which comes at a reasonable price. As for the live sports, they have loads of flat-screens and TV’s on which you can enjoy your favorite team matches during the World Cup!

Like the Sports Bar Rambles that I have previously mentioned in this post, there is a pool room where you can play pool and darts! Great Irish pub to watch the World Cup in Barcelona!!

Address: Plaza Joaquim Xirau (Just off la Rambla)

Metro: L3 Drassanes

Phone: (+34) 93 412 62 63



6. Devil’s Kitchen German Bar

Devils kitchen barcelona World Cup

Now time for a very unique and special bar! Located in the Heart of the Raval, Devil’s kitchen is an authentic German Bar that will make you feel like you’re in Germany. They serve traditional German food including “Currywurst” grilled sausages and many other specialties!

As for the beers, they are also German of course! How else could it be? Concerning the football, they have two screens and will show Germany’s games during the World Cup! For the other nations, they will possibly show the games if you ask them politely! So if you want to support “la Mannschaft” during the world Cup or simply want to enjoy a true German atmosphere, you know where to go!!!

Address: Carrer de la Lleialtat, 4

Metro: L3 Parallel

Phone: (+34) 931 662 378



7. Paris Taxi French Bar

Paris taxi barcelona World Cup

This bar is for all the Frenchies like me in Barcelona, but international audiences are of course also welcomed! Paris Taxi is a nice French bar located in Gracia. All the games of the French national team will be showed there during the World Cup on 4 flat screens. They will show the other games as well if you ask them! They do typical french sandwiches and have a good selection of wines too! So if you want to support the French team in Barcelona during the World Cup, this is the place to be! And “Allez les Bleus”!

Address: Riera Sant Miquel, 23

Metro: L3 L5 L6 L7 Diagonal

Phone: (+34) 931 812 602



8. Baribau Gastro Bar

Baribau bar barcelona world cup

This freshly opened Gastro Bar is located in the heart of l’Eixample. It opened one month ago after the fusion of a restaurant and a bar and should not leave you disappointed!

Indeed, they serve excellent Tapas cooked by a true and experienced Catalan Chef such as “Crujiente de pato con mango” or “Alcachofas con panceta curada Maldonado”. Regarding the drinks, their selection of Cocktails is very original and exciting and their particularity is they are made using fresh fruit and herbs. Forget the bottled juices, bought-in purees or anything along those lines.

Moreover, they have a literally HUGE 103 inch Full HD TV where you will easily be able to follow all the World Cup action! This is by far the biggest screen you can find in Barcelona!

They even have a private bar for up to 50 people with a 48 inch TV! Don’t hesitate to contact them for more information on how to book the private bar.

To sum up, Baribau is definitely a bar you should consider going to watch the World Cup in Barcelona!

Address: Carrer Aribau, 131

Metro: L5 Hospital Clinic & L3 L5 L6 L7 Diagonal

Phone: (+34) 930 04 21 86




That is all for our selection of bars where you can watch the World Cup in Barcelona!

If you know another great bar that we have missed in this article, feel free to share in the comments section!





Rooftop Pools in Barcelona: SuiteLife’s Top 7

SuiteLife’s Top 7 Best Rooftop Swimming Pools in Barcelona

rooftop pool barcelona

Summer is coming really fast in Barcelona, and the temperature’s rising each and every day. As awesome as that is though, the hot and stifling humidity of Barcelona’s climate will drain out your energy quicker than you realise. What you need is a refreshing swim and cocktail while enjoying the breathtaking views of one of the oldest cities on the Mediterranean (or possibly a perfect day at the beach).  That’s exactly what this blog will offer you, our top 7 rooftop swimming pools in Barcelona.

Ohla Hotel

Ohla hotel rooftop pool Barcelona

One of the most special Rooftop pools in Barcelona is on the terrace of Ohla hotel, being unique for its glass-sided tank. From there you can chill in the cool splash of water and enjoy the view ancient Gothic quarter, since the hotel is located in the heart of Gothic quarter, Born and L’Eixample neighborhoods. You can also see the famous Barcelona cathedral and the church of Santa Anna from there. One minus point is that the lounge area is quite small and there are only about 10 sunbeds, not much for a hotel of 74 rooms capacity.

Barcelona Princess Hotel

Princess hotel rooftop pool Barcelona

This 4-stars hotel has two swimming pools. The smaller triangle-shaped one on 3rd floor with the view to Forum and Museu Blau and the other with a solarium located on the top of the building, on the 23rd floor. It has a gorgeous view over the sea and along the beach. You wouldn’t want to miss the sunset landscape from here!

Hotel Duquesa de Cardona

Duquesade cardona hotel rooftop pool Barcelona

Duquesa de Cardona hotel’s pool is among the smallest in our Rooftop swimming pool Barcelona list, however  its sundeck and spectacular view to the harbor really make up for this. The deck and pool are located on 6th floor, I must say the view from here to port vell harbor during the evening is unforgettable.

Tip: from the deck, look at your right to see the Columbus Monument and Barcelona’s old customs building.

Hotel America Barcelona

Hotel America Barcelona rooftop pool Barcelona

Located on a quiet corner in the Eixample neighborhood, Hotel America Barcelona offers a wide terrace swimming pool. The deck is mainly designed by two materials: light wood and thin metal, which create an elegant yet relaxing vibe. Beside the pool is a unique octagonal Jacuzzi which can probably fit up to 6 people, a perfect place for resting up after a long day of sightseeing. But hey don’t forget to enjoy the biggest Barcelona neighborhood surrounding you: L’ Eixample.

H10 Marina Barcelona

H10 marina hotel rooftop pool Barcelona

Compared to other rooftop pools in Barcelona H10 Marina hotel has a relatively small lounge (the space between sunbeds and the pool is only enough for one person passing at a time). The view on top of the building – in compensation – gives you a fully luxurious experience, with a small bar in the corner, where you can chill with a mojito or just simply tap beer. In front of you is a broad picture of Port Olympico and the so called Barcelona twin towers: Torre Mapfre and Arts hotel building.

The Mirror Barcelona

The Mirror hotel rooftop pool Barcelona

Overall this hotel’s pool is quite compact as hotel space was utilized thoroughly. But you won’t feel uncomfortably cramped believe me. On the contrary, by placing it as close to the building’s edge as it can be, this rooftop pool will show to the new level of chic of Barcelona. From there you will be able to see the 27-floor skyscraper Banco Sabadell Atlántico.

NH Calderon

NH Calderon hotel rooftop pool Barcelona

One of the best places in our Rooftop pool Barcelona list for swimming and refreshment, I would say. The outdoor swimming pool on top of this building overlooks almost every famous landmark of the city: La Sagrada Familia, Montjuic palace, Torre Agbar. The hotel spends its whole terrace on a large swimming pool; in return they have to sacrifice the bar lounge. Still worth it, IMO.

If you enjoy the view from above, you may want to check out our list of rooftop bars in Barcelona. See it here







FC Barcelona Atletico Madrid title decider

It will all come down to one game. Atletico Madrid will face FC Barcelona at Camp Nou in a game where the Spanish League title will be decided. This is only the third time in La Liga’s history that two teams go head-to-head on the final day to fight for the title and this game promises to be very exciting!

As it stands, Atletico leads Barcelona by three points in the standings, giving defending champion Barcelona no other option than a victory to lift another Spanish League trophy.
For Atletico, only a draw will suffice to be crowned Champions of Spain for the first time since 1996.

An unexpected opportunity for Barca…


La Liga’s scenario is so thrilling that even its actors were surprised of this unique chance to win the league.
Especially FC Barcelona players who thought the title race was over for them when they conceded a draw against Getafe (2-2) at home two weeks ago.

The next day, Atletico could have taken a 6 point lead over Barca if they secured a win against Levante and Real Madrid could overtake Barcelona by winning against Valencia. But nothing went as expected and none of the Madrid clubs won. As a result, the Catalán side can be crowned Champion if it beats Atletico on Saturday in an incredible and unexpected final. Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez admitted that they were too quick to write off his side’s La liga title chances after the draw against Getafe.

Xavi FC Barcelona Atletico Madrid

“We thought that we didn’t have a chance and perhaps we threw the towel in too soon,” said the Spanish international. “We thought the league was lost, but these things happen in football and now we have everything in our favour to win. It is a very important title and we need to be united. It is a historic opportunity. It will be a spectacular finale.”
For the complete interview,you can check out the video below.

For Barcelona, this is also an historic chance to save a so far disappointing season, with an exit in the quarter finals of the Champions League, already against Atletico (1-1,0-1), the “best team defensively” according to Xavi, and a defeat in the Copa Del Rey final against rivals Real Madrid (2-1).
However, beating Atletico is no easy task for FC Barcelona. Indeed, the two sides have met five times this season already and Barca has failed to beat Diego Simeone’s exceptionally well-organized team, with a record of 4 draws and 1 loss.


Neymar is the only Barca player to have scored against Atletico this season and the club is hoping that he can participate in this crucial game after a month out due to a foot injury.Although he’s in the group for the game, no one knows if he will be used by Barca’s manager Gerardo Martino tomorrow.

Pique Diego Costa FC Barcelona Atletico Madrid

Jordi Alba and Gerard Piqué who have also been injured for a long time should be fit to start tomorrow against Atletico Madrid, and this is a really good news for Barcelona as they will need their best players.
Concerning Atletico squad, Diego Simeone confirmed that spanish international striker Diego Costa will start the game tomorrow which is a big releaf for Atletico as he is La Liga 3rd top scorer behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo with 27 goals scored so far.

Who do you think will win La Liga? Which team do you support?

If you want to watch the game in a bar, check out our Top 5 Irish pubs in Barcelona! Crazy atmosphere guaranteed!

Here is a video that is gonna make your mouth water:

Feel free to react in the comments section! And enjoy the show tomorrow ;-)



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